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Rathalos - Weakness, How To Fight & Quest Guide

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Rathalos is a flying wyvern monster in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Read this guide to know Rathalos weakness, fight tips, drops, essence, location, how to unlock, & quests!!

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Rathalos - Overview

See The Rathalos Armor Set Here

Map Location - Where Does It Spawn?

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Classic Monster Hunter Wyvern

The iconic Rathalos returns in Monster Hunter Rise to terrorize players anew. This flying wyvern is relentless with its attacks, flying around the battlefield and devastating hunters with its fiery breaths. Together with Rathian, this classic monster features new moves together with classic ones.

Rathalos Quests & How To Unlock

Quest TypeQuest Name
Village Quests・★5 - Rathalos Alert!
・★6 - King of the Sky, Bane of the Land
Hub Quests・★3 - Champion of the Caverns
・★6 - Red Skies at Night
・★7 - Seared Situation

Aside from the Village and Hub quests, Rathalos also appears in Rampage quests as a Flyer. However, note that you may have to finish a couple of Rampage quests in order to spawn a quest with Rathalos.

Unlocks After Clearing ★4 Quests

Players can unlock Rathalos in the Village Quest by completing several ★4 quests. Afterwards, players can play and farm Rathalos as a ★5 quest.

Village Quest List

More Powerful Version: Apex Rathalos

Apex Rathalos

In MHR, players are tasked to defend the village in tower defense-like missions called Rampage. In one of these Rampage quests, players are tasked to take down an Apex Rathalos, a larger, stronger, and more menacing version of a normal Rathalos.

Check Out Apex Rathalos Here

Rathalos - Weakness & Breakable Parts

Effective Attack Type Per Weak Spot

* Based on actual battles in the game!!

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Weakness Details

Breakable Parts & Essences

PartsBreaking ConditionEssence
HeadDamage until Rathalos flinches twice to breakRed
WingsDamage either wing until Rathalos flinches once to break a wingWhite
BackDamage the abdomen until Rathalos flinches once to breakOrange
TailUse weapons that can cut and damage the tile to sever the tailOrange

Status Ailments & Blight

Item Effectiveness

Rathalos - Drops & Materials

Items From High Rank Rathalos

Items From Low Rank Rathalos

Target RewardRathalos Shell (31%)
Rathalos Webbing (23%)
Rathalos Scale (Certainly Get 1)
Flame Sac (14%)
Rathalos Tail (7%)

Get By Carving

Carve - BodyRathalos Scale (38%)
Rathalos Shell (24%)
Rathalos Webbing (20%)
Flame Sac (12%)
Carve - TailRathalos Tail (70%)
Rathalos Scale (20%)
Capture RewardRathalos Scale (38%)
Rathalos Shell (24%)
Rathalos Webbing (20%)
Flame Sac (12%)
Dropped MaterialsWyvern Tear (50%)
Rathalos Scale (37%)
Rath Wingtalon (12%)

Rathalos - How To Fight Tips & Tricks

1Use Flash Bombs
2Bring Antidotes
3Increase your Fire Resistance
4Cut off the tail first

Use Flash Bombs To Crash Rathalos

Flash Bomb

Rathalos can be an annoying monster if you're a melee weapon user as it takes a long time for it to go down. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a Flash Bomb to send it crashing down.

Resistance Against Flash Bombs Builds Up

Compared to previous Monster Hunters, Flash Bomb effects have been nerfed and now only lasts for a short amount of time. You can only effectively Flash Bomb Rathalos 5 times. Exceeding that makes it immune to flash so make every throw count!

Bring Antidotes

While flying, Rathalos can kick with its legs causing those hit to be poisoned. It can be incredibly dangerous when fighting Rathalos as its hard hitting attacks plus poison can spell an instant death. Bring Antidotes to quickly get rid of the poison status.

Increase Your Fire Resistance

Increase your fire resistance

Rathalos' ranged and ultimate attacks are all fire-based. Having a negative Fire Resistance can instantly kill you so try to raise it using equipment and Dangos.

Cut Off The Tail First

If you're using a cut damage weapon like Long Swords and Great Swords, concentrate on severing the tail first. With its tail cut off, Rathalos has a far lesser reach, allowing you to safely move back after attacking.

All Weapon Types List

Rathalos - Attack & Hunting Guide

1Dodge left or right when it uses its gliding breath attack
2Evade frontal breath attacks
3Run away from its hover breath move
4Dive to dodge its aerial kick
5Get under Rathalos during tail swipes

Dodge The Gliding Breath Attack

Glide Breath

Rathalos can use a gliding breath attack, burning those underneath it in a straight line. Before doing this attack, Rathalos will twist its body then head straight towards the player's location. As it needs to be distant to do this move, you can simply go either left or right to dodge this attack.

Evade Frontal Breaths

Frontal Breath

Rathalos' head can be a very tempting target but most of its breath attacks are directed at its front. When attacking, do not overcommit and try to stay away once you land your initial strikes. You can also roll inwards and attack body parts after hitting its head.

Run Away From Its Hover Breath Move

Side Breath

A move that Rathalos can perform is that it can hover and breath fire down on the surface. The range and duration of this attack is quite long and it can reach even distant players. While easy to dodge, getting caught in it can kill you so dodge to the left or right once you see Rathalos rear its head.

Dive To Escape Rathalos' Kick

Rathalos Kick

When mid-air Rathalos uses its claws to damage players around it. This attack does significant damage and inflicts poison. Be on the watch when it starts to pull its legs while mid-air!

Get In During Tail Swipes

When on the ground, Rathalos spins twice to damage hunters that surround it. Instead of going out, if you're a melee player, you can get in under its belly to attack it further during this attack. Note that it always swings its tail twice. However, be careful of its dive attack once Rathalos is done with its tail swipe.

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